James Comey’s acting replacement, FBI Head Andrew McCabe, who has ties to the Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and later helped oversee the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal finds himself under investigation.
House Oversight Committee members remain unconvinced that charges of impropriety against Clinton have been fully reviewed.
In 2015, the political organization of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an influential Democrat with longstanding ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, gave nearly $500,000 to the election campaign his wife, of Jill McCabe.
Mail: Congress asks why FBI Deputy Director whose wife took $675,000 in Clinton related cash is on Clinton casehttps://t.co/ITMGPNJeVJ
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 2, 2016
She also received $207,788 from the Virginia Democratic Party, which is connected to McAuliffe, a Democrat.
— Senator Dick Black (@SenRichardBlack) May 9, 2017
McCabe is a central player in the Russia election case and is now being investigated by the Office of U.S. Counsel for potentially violating the Hatch Act according to a new report.
The Hatch Act of 1939, is a federal law that restricts political activity of executive branch employees of the federal government, from engaging in some forms of political activity.
While the Hatch Act has been described as an “obscure” law, it was passed to ensure that federal programs “are administered in a nonpartisan fashion, to protect federal employees from political coercion in the workplace, and to ensure that federal employees are advanced based on merit and not based on political affiliation,” according to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.
The allegations being reviewed range from sexual discrimination to improper political activity, the documents show, Circa News reports.
The inquiries remain open but so far there have not been any adverse findings against the senior FBI executive, who soared through the ranks the last few years to become deputy director and acting director since James Comey was fired.
FBI officials and McCabe declined comment.
Circa reported Monday that former supervisory special agent Robyn Gritz, a decorated counterterrorism agent, has filed a sexual discrimination and retaliation complaint that names McCabe and other top FBI officials.
2 of 5That is working its way through the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and is awaiting a review by an administrative law judge in the Office of Federal Operations.
Gritz also filed a complaint against McCabe with the main federal whistleblower agency in April, alleging social media photos she found show he campaigned for his wife’s Virginia state senate race in violation of the Hatch Act.
FBI employees are held to a higher standard than other federal workers under the Hatch Act and may not “endorse or oppose a candidate for partisan political office or a candidate for political party office in a political advertisement, broadcast, campaign literature, or similar material if such endorsement or opposition is done in concert with a candidate, political party, or partisan political group.”
In addition, the Justice Department Inspector General is investigating allegations from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, that McCabe may not have properly disclosed campaign payments to his wife on his ethics report and should have recused himself from Hillary Clinton’s email case.